Spiders fall short at UMass

AMHERST, MA (WWBT) - The University of Richmond men's basketball team had a seven point lead with six minutes to play, but Massachusetts came back to defeat the Spiders, 70-65, Sunday afternoon at the Mullins Center.

In a curious sequence that cut the seven-point lead to two points in 21 seconds, UMass guard Chaz Williams made a three-pointer with 5:26 on the game clock and 25 seconds on the shot clock. The shot clock was not reset after the made basket and the Spiders realized this about 18 seconds into the possession (with 7 seconds on the shot clock).

Thinking Richmond still had plenty of time to shoot, Kendall Anthony was 30 feet from the basket and had to rush to the basket with the UMass student section counting the shot clock down. Anthony was called for a reach-in foul on the rebound that would put UMass on the foul line for 1-and-1.

Despite getting pleas from head coach Chris Mooney with 7 seconds left on the shot clock, the officials let the play continue and allowed everything to stand after looking at the monitor. UMass made the two free throws to cut the lead to two, and after a Spider missed jumper, the Minutemen tied the game on the next possession.

Richmond did not lead again in falling to 13-8 and 3-3 in the Atlantic 10. UMass improves to 13-5 on the year and to 3-2 in league action.

Wayne Sparrow led the Spiders with 13 points off the bench.  Junior Cedrick Lindsay added 12 points for the Spiders while senior Greg Robbins chipped in ten points to go with six assists and four rebounds.

Richmond had been searching for its third straight win, after topping conference leaders Charlotte and VCU its last two times out.  The Spiders have now lost two in a row to the Minutemen.

Richmond returns to action on Wednesday when the team heads to Philadelphia to face the Temple Owls.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm.

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